Besides eating all of the organic waste from the kitchen the worm farms eats cardboard, paper, burlap, and newsprint. They are a real ecological boon which makes me feel like I'm doing my part to keep waste from the collection yard; it's a small part but effective.
Place a dollop of the hot mixture in each egg cup, filling to the top is not needed. They will burn between 10-15 minutes, long enough to start either a BBQ or a wood burning stove. The advantage is not using starting fluid in the grill or a mountain of paper in the wood burning stove. They will start with a match or my preferred method is a propane torch or the endless match with a trigger. If you are in need of a safe and easy means to start a fire this may just fill the bill, give it a go.
Sparrows are in every Continent on Earth excluding Antartica. They are very resourceful birds, although insect/seed eaters they have to exert little effort to find a meal.
I have not posted my photo of the Milkweed plant, it is without dought the most important plant in the garden as it's the only one Monarch Butterflies will lay their eggs on, everyone should plant one for them and a Rosemary for the Honey Bees.
I will be out in an hour to attempt to take some pictures of the Hawks as they make their final appearance along the slough. They were not out last night, perhaps the wind has ruffled their last nerve as well. The more likely reason is they have found a deserted hunting area on the river in the shadow of the wind
My other projects remain on the back burner until the wind dies down; it generally blows until September. Work on the house due to the fire continues, the contractor stopped by today to explain the plan. The gist of it is if the wind doesn't stop they won't be able to install the new siding until it does; September or October. The entire world could be different by then, I know for certain the color decided on painting it will change many times between now and then.
It's going to be a good gardening year from the looks of it, every vegetable I've planted is continuing to survive. Celebration will be around Thanksgiving when we see how many of the vegetables are on that table.
Late this afternoon just before dinner I spied this Canadian across the slough, at first glance I thought it was a new pipe sticking out of the rocks. There are several more on the pasture behind him and two more in the slough on this side of him.
When talking about a group of birds it is often best for me to post an image of a flock. I don't do it often, only when a picture of a single subject doesn't make sense. The landscape of the Cattle and Geese tells a complete story, when it is looked upon at times the smells and dust are felt. It was a nice windy day on the slough, with enough activity to keep it interesting.
I appreciate flower gardens now more than during my earlier years when my motto was "if it doesn't bear fruit it's not worth growing." Yeh, basically that was my mindset, I just wanted to grow food. But now it's hard to pass any flowering plant without stopping and on occasion taking a picture or two.